Friday, March 21, 2008

Sam Raimi to Revive Jack Ryan Franchise, Make Us Like the CIA Again (Maybe)

Ben Carrozza
March 19, 2008

Sam Raimi is in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to head up a revival of the Tom Clancy-created Jack Ryan franchise, Variety reports.

The Spider-Man director would develop and helm a series of movies featuring the popular CIA analyst hero at a younger age and during the formative period of his career.

Ryan has been featured in four films and has been played by three stars: Alec Baldwin (The Hunt for Red October), Harrison Ford (Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger) and Ben Affleck (The Sum of All Fears). The franchise has made $781.5 million US globally.

While author/creator Tom Clancy is working on a new Jack Ryan novel, it's not known if Paramount will use it as the foundation for the new movie or if they'll create a new story.

Raimi would take on the franchise after his next project, horror film Drag Me to Hell, and is expected to have the first film ready for a summer 2010 release.

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